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Mind Wondrin -
Subject: The return to London
This wasn't a band unaffected by problems to the flow and this is a problematic show overall, though known for a great Mexicali.
Except for a B+ Jack Straw the best tracks have been released on DP7. The whole show has never circulated in AUD or SBD. Seems odd. Surely somebody out there has a dusty hissy AUD full of ambient cockney interjections."Royt, look et me 'ands, mite. Thar in foyv plices at once!"
So, it's not bad, just not as good as the next two nights of the run. Of what circulates:
1st Set: B-
2nd Set: C+
3 Stars (2 1/2, or average show, plus 1/2 for the Mexicali)
Scarlet - Funky and fast
Mexicali - they played this almost every show in '74 and never better than this
Deal - Was getting played a little less in '74 but this is a top-5 version of the year.
Cliff Hucker -
Subject: Not much here...
This is a mailed in show that borders on being a complete train wreck. There is really very little to redeem this performance. The rendition of Scarlet Begonias (included in DP #7) is certainly nothing special. The highlight of the set, a somewhat unique Truckin' > Jam, lacks intensity and is fairly average for the period. At least twice during the abreviated performance, Weir feels compelled to apologize to the audience for the late start. He attributes the delay to equipment problems (generator?), but given the state of mind of the band, excessive drug use (even for the Grateful Dead), and a ritual stash burning prior to the show, it's pretty obvious that there is more going on here than some qwipment issues. In an obvious attempt to compensate for the poor performance, the band peforms a double encore, but it can't save this show. (88 pts)